Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas
Swearingen, J., K. Reshetiloff, B. Slattery, and S.
Zwicker. 2002. Plant Invaders of
Japanese spiraea, a native of Japan, Korea and China, was introduced into the United States for ornamental cultivation around 1870. It is a very popular landscape shrub that produces showy pink flowers in spring. Spiraea invades a variety of natural habitats including fields, forests, stream and river edges, and disturbed areas like roadsides and power line rights-of-way. It tolerates a wide range of soil and light conditions. Spiraea grows rapidly and densely, displacing many native herbs and shrubs. It flowers profusely, producing large numbers of seeds that are dispersed away from the parent plant by water.
Prevention and Control
|Bargeron, C.T., D.J. Moorhead, G.K. Douce, R.C. Reardon & A.E. Miller |
(Tech. Coordinators). 2003. Invasive Plants of the Eastern U.S.:
Identification and Control. USDA Forest Service - Forest Health
Technology Enterprise Team. Morgantown, WV USA. FHTET-2003-08.